You are here

One Book | One Community

In the Suburbs

One Book | One Community

Author Event #2

Sunday, December 7, 2014 2:00 pm

This event is free but reservations are required. MORE>

This event will be held at
Congregation Etz Chaim
1710 S. Highland Avenue in Lombard

Or call 312.322.1773

One Book | One Community is the Chicago Jewish community's celebration of Jewish Book Month. Each year, a single book is selected as the focus of a series of activities and resources. See the sidebar at the right for  programs taking place all around the Chicago area.

"[a] family chronicle with all of the depth
and detail of a great novel” 
Jewish Journal

Spertus is again pleased to spearhead One Book | One Community, the Chicago Jewish Community's Jewish Book Month community initiative. This year's pick, David Laskin's acclaimed The Familyis a story of hope, survival, and perseverance across the great sweep of the 20th century!

David LaskinWe invite you to meet David Laskin and hear the astounding story behind the writing of his historical memoir The FamilyDavid Laskin is the author of The Children’s Blizzard, which won the Washington State Book Award and Midwest Booksellers’ Choice Award for nonfiction. The author of several other works of nonfiction, Laskin writes for The New York Times andThe Washington Post. He and his wife, the parents of three grown daughters, live in Seattle.

"a vivid, utterly compelling exploration of the forces that shaped modern history" 
—Bestselling author Stephen Greenblatt

"A family chronicle with all the depth and detail of a great novel" 
—The Jewish Journal

Get Your Copy of the Book!

The Family is currently available in hardcover and softcover versions from the Spertus Shop onsite and online. It will also be for sale at all One Book | One Community events and David Laskin will be signing books at his two author appearances on December 7.

Read About The Author (Before You Meet Him)

Enjoy this special Spertus interview with author David Laskin in which he describes the many surprises he encountered while compiling research for his book, his techniques for bringing his family’s history to life, and the importance of reconnecting with the past. MORE>

Jewish Book Council logo
Our thanks to the Jewish Book Council for their help spreading the word about One Book | One Community.

This Year's Chicago Jewish Community One Book Is David Laskin's The Family

Coming Soon!
The Spertus Readers' Guide
to The Family

A perfect for conversation starter for book groups and an illuminating study companion for those reading on their own. Available for download beginning November 2.

Sign up below to get a copy delivered straight to your inbox.


Kick-Off Event
Old Land, New Land, Holy Land

Sunday, November 9
2 pm at Spertus Institute

Introduction to Jewish Genealogy
Sunday, November 16
2 pm at North Suburban Synagogue Beth El in Highland Park

Lecture and Book Discussion
Thursday, November 20
6:30 pm at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Skokie

Book Discussion | Book Group Meetup
Tuesday, December 2
7 pm at Spertus Institute

Author Event #1
Sunday, December 7
10 am at Spertus Institute

Author Event #2
Sunday, December 7
2 pm at Congregation Etz Chaim in Lombard


One Book | One Community is supported, in part, by the Robert & Toni Bader Charitable Foundation.

JUF News is the media sponsor
of One Book | One Community.

JUF Logo Blue
We are pleased to be working with synagogue partners Congregation Etz Chaim and North Suburban Synagogue Beth El as well as our colleagues at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center.

Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center